‘Like his voice’

Members of the music community took to social media Wednesday evening to mourn the death of Ronnie Spector, lead singer of 1960s girl group The Ronettes, who died this week at the age of 78.

The “Be My Baby” singer died on Wednesday while in her husband’s arms after “a brief battle with cancer”, her family said. in a statement Posted on Specter’s website.

Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, who has spoken frequently about the impact of listening to “Be My Baby” in the past, posted a tribute to Spector shortly after news of his death.

“I just heard the news about Ronnie Spector and don’t know what to say,” Wilson tweeted. “I loved her voice so much and she was a very special person and a dear friend. It breaks my heart. Ronnie’s music and soul will live on forever.”

Along with was Wilson’s tweet a short video Spector was shown visiting Wilson before one of his performances in New York City nearly 20 years earlier.

Actor Elijah Wood wrote in his tweet about Spector’s passing, “I think Be My Baby will repeat around the world today.”

The Kink’s Dave Davis also mentioned Spector’s “Be My Baby” as a tribute to the late singer.

“Rest in Peace is such a special time in Ronnie Spector music,” Davis tweeted, adding a YouTube link he described as the song’s “beautiful”.

Rocker Joan Jett shared a photo of a young Spector on social media Wednesday evening, describing his influence on rock and roll as “indelible.”

“She was the sweetest person you could ever know,” Jett said.

Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles shared the same photo of Spector on Twitter with a broken heart emoji.

“Peace and love, Ronnie Spector,” Hoffs tweeted.

Steven Van Zandt of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band also acknowledged Spector’s death on social media and offered condolences to his family. “It was an honor to produce her and encourage her to return to the stage where she lived for the next 45 years,” he tweeted.

On Wednesday, tributes poured in for Ronnie Spector following the news of the singer’s death. Above, Spector performs on stage at the Sala Apollo on June 18, 2018 in Barcelona, ​​Spain.
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Born Veronica Bennett, Spector became one of the most prominent female voices in rock and roll during the 1960s as the lead singer of The Ronettes. She became known as Ronnie Spector after her marriage to record producer Phil Spector in the late 1960s.

Spector and the Ronettes were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. The Ronettes return to the top 10 BoardAccording to Spector’s website, the Hot 100 charted earlier this year for the first time since 1963, when “Be My Baby” was first gaining popularity.

“Ronnie lived her life with a gleam in her eye, a playful attitude, a wicked humor and a smile on her face. She was full of love and gratitude,” his family said in a statement released after Spector’s death. “His joyful sound, playful nature and magical presence will live on in all who knew, heard or saw him.”

Instead of sending flowers, Spector’s family urged mourners to donate to their local women’s shelters or the American Indian College Fund.

newsweek Contacted the American Indian College Fund for comment.